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30 Photos in 30 Days - Day 24

30 Pictures in 30 Days Photo Challenge - Day 24

Sorry this is so late today.  When I started this challenge, I was posting images that I had taken previously that fit the chosen theme.  However, about half way through I decided that I needed to be finding time in my day to take a picture that fits the theme, just like you guys do. 

It's been fun, but some days it's harder than others to find the time to get the camera out and take some images. 

Today's theme was chosen by my daughter.  It is IMAGINATION. As is the case with the rest of the challenge, add your picture any day you'd like. 

My son has one of the most active imaginations around, and legos are often the tangible expression of whatever he is dreaming and thinking about at the moment. 

Tonight he created this Shark Patrol.  Unbeknownst to me the back wheels had fallen off. He was quite upset that I had photographed it without the back wheeels and wanted me to retake the picture (this after I had already uploaded it), but I promised him no one would notice.  :)  

He loves building the lego sets that he gets for gifts, but honestly, I think he finds even more joy in building his own unique lego creations.  The ones he and his IMAGINATION dream up. Some days they are really complex, and some days a simple Shark Patrol will do.  

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Maris Ehlers March 13, 2012 at 05:03 AM
Mark, lovely shot. You obviously have an eye for nature shots. Me, not so much! :)
Maris Ehlers March 13, 2012 at 05:05 AM
Nicole, you know the saying… "Life imitates art."
Mark A. Schaffer March 13, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Thanks Maris, I really do appreciate that. For a little history..it is just since about June 2010 that I have been actively trying to "improve" my photography and move from taking snapshots to taking photographs. Since that time, I have taken literally thousands of outdoor/landscape (and other types of) shots in the quest to learn both the creative and technical aspects photography. Many of photos of course went right to the trash. But viewing the work of others, reading many books and articles on composition and as they say practice, practice, practice helps one capture, in hopefully a pleasing way, what Mother Nature delivers to us. Now when it comes to humans...alas...me not so much!!! That is my next challenge!!! At least for travel shots and those family gatherings or other social events where people like some casual portraits and candid shots to remember the event.
Maris Ehlers March 14, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Hey, Mark. Only since 2010? Fantastic! Passion and love of any art can bring about dramatic results, that's for sure. In my experience, I have mostly found that photographers lean in one direction or the other. They are either stronger technical shooters OR brilliant creative shooters, but not usually both. That's not to say they can't master both areas, because of course it is necessary to truly shoot at the professional level, but naturally, most fall to one side or the other. I often admire really strong technical shooters, but I fall in the creative camp for the most part. The technical pieces took longer for me to learn (and are constantly changing), and I learn best via hands on, so it took work. My journey has been largely self-taught, and the learning curve has been steep and the path long, but in the end it has been worth it. There are great educational resources out there, and I've now taken advantage of many, but there truly is no substitute for slinging a camera around your neck and getting to work. Thanks for participating in the challenge. It's been a lot of fun, and nice to get to know you and your work. Keep it up!

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